Research Areas - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University

Research Areas


Atmospheric Sciences

We study extreme weather, climate change, and their impacts on both ecosystems and modern society.


Environmental Geoscience

We use biology, chemistry, geology, and physics to understand how the Earth System supports such a diversity of life and how human behavior is impacting this system.


Geology and Geophysics

We study the processes that shape our planet, from the building of mountains and oil-bearing sedimentary basins, to the flow of warm rocks and cold glaciers, to the triggering of earthquakes.


Planetary Science

We study the evolution of the solar system and how planets evolve over time due to impacts, tectonics, and atmospheric processes, with an eye to the potential for past and future habitability.

Research News

Mars could have rings in the future, says Dr. Minton


As children, we learned about our solar system’s planets by certain characteristics — Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars is red, but it’s possible that one of our closest neighbors also had rings at one point and may have them again someday.

Study by Dr. Shepson finds potentially harmful effects of natural gas


Although burning natural gas is much cleaner than coal or oil, methane (which is mostly what natural gas consists of) has the potential to be even more damaging over the short term than coal or oil if it isn't handled properly, says Dr. Paul Shepson.

EAPS partnering with Indiana State Museum for natural disasters exhibit


EAPS is partnering with the Indiana State Museum to support a traveling exhibition that explores the science behind natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes and tsunamis.

Dr. Huber co-authors study disproving tropical 'thermostat' theory


According to a study co-authored by Dr. Huber, the world warmed millions of years ago, creating conditions in the tropics so hot some organisms couldn’t survive.

Dr. Granger receives College of Science Research Award


Dr. Granger was presented with the College of Science Research Award in a ceremony on Tuesday.

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